Man jailed over death in Greymouth crash

Last updated 05:00 08/07/2014

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A West Coast man has been sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Runanga man Judd Hall.

Hall, 26, was a passenger in a Subaru driven by Jordan Nathaniel McGrath, 28, when it crashed into a Greymouth house on January 24.

McGrath appeared yesterday in the Greymouth District Court. He was sentenced to five years' prison, with a minimum term of two years, on charges of manslaughter, dangerous driving causing injury and driving with excess blood alcohol, The Greymouth Star reported.

He had pleaded guilty to the charges in May.

Police said McGrath was intoxicated and had been speeding to avoid police. He reportedly reached over 140kmh in a 50kmh residential zone.

Hall was a back-seat passenger in the car and died at the scene. McGrath was impaled through his abdomen with a length of timber and another passenger suffered injuries in the crash.

The High St house that McGrath crashed into was demolished last week.

Hall's family declined to comment after the sentencing.

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